End HIV/AIDS by 2030
HIV/AIDS infections will be no more by 2030 according to experts. File Photo

HIV/AIDS infections will be no more by 2030 according to experts

End HIV/AIDS by 2030: HIV/AIDS patients are yet to receive relief on the burden of taking daily ARV’s drugs to keep the virus under control after the rolling out of the injectable ARV medication.

In 2018, Uganda and six other countries started a trial of a long-acting medication designed to test the effectiveness and safety of an injectable ARV therapy.

However, yesterday in a media briefing held in Kampala, Dr Nelson Musoba, and the Director-General Aids Commission announced that there’s light in the research being conducted as far as injectable ARV medicine is concerned.

“Injectable Anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy is not yet here, but there’s ongoing research, and we are very hopeful that shortly, it should be available. Once it becomes available it presents tremendous advantages in terms of adherence because once you have taken it, you probably wa

Dr Musoba says the injectable ARV will greatly improve adherence, social stigma and discrimination which have remained a challenge in people living with HIV/AIDS.

“It improves adherence! It also eliminates the issues of stigma and discrimination, because you can take an injection in the privacy of your room with the health professional and the issues of skipping taking your medications will be avoided. But it’s not yet here, so let’s conti

Reports say more than 1.4m people in Uganda are living with the virus, but only 1.2m are on HIV treatment. According to the AIDS Commission, there could be more Ugandans living with HIV who are not aware of their status.

End HIV/AIDS by 2030
HIV/AIDS infections will be no more by 2030 according to experts. File Photo

However, Dr Musoba appeals to every Ugandan to establish their HIV status and start early treatment for those who are positive and to those who are negative to keep themselves safe from contracting the virus.

“200,000 people are out there maybe half of them have tested and are yet to make up their mind but there’s another number that hasn’t tested, they don’t know their HIV status and most likely the adults are passing on that infection to their sexual partners,” Musoba said.

“ So at an individual level you have to know your HIV status and go for treatment that’s one, or if you are HIV negative, then you keep yourself safe from getting HIV infections.”

Sarah Nakku, Community Mobilization and Networking adviser, UNAIDS says by 2030, HIV/AIDS will be no more in the world.

“Minus the vaccine, we cannot say we are going to end HIV. Our talk and our promise to the world is that the UNBS will end AIDS by 2030 and it’s possible to end AIDS by 2030,” Nakku said.

In 2021, Uganda will be hosting the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Infections in Africa, the biggest edition of Africa’s AIDS conference. And currently, preparations to mark the event are ongoing.